March 2015: Update from Italy

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015


News from Italy

By Martina Schullian

We finished the third national  AICG congress that has been  held in Stesa – Lago Maggiore  Piemonte, on 14-15 January 2015. The congress was very successful with more than 300 participants.  We had two  busy  and interesting days in a beautiful location just on the lake “Lago Maggiore”.

The congress was occasion also to talk about the AICG’s activity program for 2015. Like we did for other congresses we scheduled a section dedicated to the international relationships with IGCA in particular, and we invited Sue Allen.  Sue, together with Martina Schullian, spoke about the first experience related to the experimental inspection activity for the Italian garden centre.  We also invited Oliver Mathys, who is an expert on garden centre quality and is part of the Belgium Garden Centre Association. 

During the  congress we gave the opportunity to our sponsors (more than 40 companies) to present their innovation (products and services)  in  an exhibition area dedicated to them, and this organization seems to be  a very  interesting  and fruitful way to  meet the needs of our sector.   

We decided to do our overseas  garden centre’s study tour  in Belgium and we are enthusiastic and look forward to meet our colleagues and share with them the Belgium culture.     

In Italy we are approaching to spring time, which is another very important sale period for garden centres.  After the excellent economic result obtained during Christmas (turnover increased from 10 to 20%) we are very optimistic also for the spring time. 

Martina Schullian
Gärtnerei Schullian Floricultura


 Click below for all of the stories from this issue:

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IGCA Office Update


Garden RELEAF a Winner for Australian Garden Centres


Spring is coming in Canada


New Year in Czech Republic

Only 5 months to go – News from Denmark


Retail Sales 2014: VAT in the Spotlight in France

Hello from Germany!

Update from Ireland

Update from Japan


Insider Tip: Save the Dates for 2016

IGCA Meeting in Beautiful Switzerland


News from the UK 

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